A Taoist or Stoic Approach To Fear

Philosophy, applied with good practice can heal all wounds.

Perhaps, it is safer to say that Taoism and Stoicism have much in common and both approach the practice of overcoming or ‘dancing with fear’ (by Paul Foxman) in much the same manner.

To build a practice which will benifit the practitioner is best.

The Taoist uses central or core principles like ‘compassion, simplicity and patience’.

Specifically, it is best to follow what science can prove is best.

The lizard brain is practicing fight and flight all the time in a black and white way.

We can over ride this part of our brain as we become conscious of our fear and identify it specifically for our situation.

The frontal cortex allows us to make decisions in a much greyer or rational way.

We can also exercise our motivation to excite and engage our opportunities that are sometimes identified for us by our lizard brains or feelings of fear.

Most of us can identify with situations like procrastination, inability to commit, or a number of other common humanly problems that tend to create a fight or flight response.

Stoics are more akin to cognitive therapy which helps us build practices from which we are apt to build even bigger learning opportunities.

Philosophers like myself identify concepts like these and create an experiment of one to find skills that also mimic applied psychology or philosophy.

I suggest books like Dancing with Fear: Overcoming Anxiety in a World of Stress and Uncertainty by Paul Foxman and Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu and Discourses and Selected Writings by Epictetus.

Sometimes, mistakes happen for a reason.

Sleep, exercise and eat…

Do these three things well.

Stop drinking coffee at noon.

Get to bed on time. That means sleeping at a set sleep time seven days a week.

Make the room dark.

Breath from your nose.

Mind follows body, to treat them both right, look after them both.

Do look after your state of mind, use mindful meditation on the regular basis, each day for the same time, seven days a week.

Move more, walk more, stand more, Keep moving to maintain a good energy level.

Eat well, lots of fiber, good microbes, do not smoke or drink, and keep recreational drugs out of the body. Stay off sugar, and alcohol and do not overuse anything.

It takes time to change, be determined to live a good life and do no harm.

How To Practice A Good Daily Life

To start with, let people be, I do this with self-deprecating humor.

Let go of anger, use anger management.

When I am low, rest, relax and do no harm.

Don’t vent anger, don’t scratch it.

Let go of self righteousness by being light hearted at best and calm, still silent (at worst).

Sometimes, I need more sleep, swear less, rest more, walk more and move more.

All the above habits help me feel more positive emotions and less negative ones.

I think about anger to learn how to control my own.

I imagine myself in a humorous situation as much as possible-express humor as much as possible and live as simple as possible without causing harm to myself or others.

Voluntary discomfort is for advanced people living a good life.

Work for change and challenging ways to live each day.

Eat as early as I can each day and fast as long as I can the rest of the day.

Collect being uncomfortable each day-meeting my goals, facing my fears each day.

Practice engaging people and connecting with others each day.

Let go of comforts like watching TV. I do not need TV, I want it. I let it go.

Practice philosophy, photography and writing each day.

My passive nature needs to be overcome at every turn.

I do live as much as I can each day.

Endurance is something left to someone advanced in living the good life.

Simplicity in lifestyle is best left to someone advanced in living a good life.

No car is best for me. I enjoy a work vehicle at my disposal, but prefer not to own my own.

I recommend people to stop buying things when they believe it is best for them.

To stop acting on desire is the best way to live a good life.

To be less of a consumer is my goal.

Constantly prepare for hardship. Because to let go of my fear of death, loss and hardship is the best way to be willing and able.

I need to face my personal fears: dying from an aneurism found by an ultrasound a few years ago.

I have little chance of this happening but it is my personal fear.

I need to find positive role models like older philosophers who believe in living life to the fullest within my limits.

I believe in living life to the fullest within my limits.

I believe in helping my family and friends to the best of my ability within my limits. Do no harm.

I practice internalizing my ways to live a full life because it does no harm to me or others.

I sometimes need to be rich and hard to myself and others when it is time to be responsible for myself or another.

I also need to stop certain habits because they harm me. I drink and eat in moderation for this reason.

I am growing older and accepting my new found limits.

I am more calmer, and less anxious, less sarcastic, less negative emotions and more positive emotions.

I am less complicated and more simple, in a good way.

To continue being more joyous, grateful and positive is part of my outcomes of living a good life.

Until one discovers this within, the outcomes are just symptoms of living a good life.

My philosophy proves my good life to myself, a better life is possible through my practice.

A long life and a good one is my goal.

For all these reasons, I recommend thinking about living a good life, after all, it is just putting into practice the ways I think love is to be practiced in a good life.

Drug Overdose, Victoria, British Columbia

Just a cursorily look into the drug problem in our city will say it is going downhill since 2010.

What have you seen in the last ten years.

Don’t you ever wonder about that siren you hear everyday.

How long has it been since you connected the dots and realized we have a fentanyl problem, a world drug problem, and much more pain and suffering than the public can even stand to hear about anymore?

Becoming aware of the problem is the first step.

That means stop numbing out about it.

Find ways to do no harm to yourself and others.

Then maybe people will begin to help people again.

International Overdose Awareness day is a global event that happens every year on 31st of August.

Their presence was made at the Ministry of Health on Friday, downtown.

Where were you and what are you doing about it?

The answer is non-violent and helping yourself first.

The problem is here to stay and that will be what is commonly called an ongoing problem that will have systemic effects upon society as a whole.

Chances are that you probably can’t even talk about it.

You probably don’t think it is your problem.

And if you do, you probably don’t know what to do next.

Don’t walk away, this is not going to either.

Awareness is key.

Please support the effort.

Aloneness

“The seed of wisdom.” Chogyam Trungpa
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ch%C3%B6gyam_Trungpa?wprov=sfti1

Solitude is beautiful.

But no one will escape loneliness without a teacher.

Become aware of what is behind the mask,

And help others become aware of it.

At times to run seems like the best solution.

Or to hide out with others.

Learning about solitude can teach you a thing or two about isolation and being lonely and being in that body all by yourself.

So, don’t think for one second you can hide any of it by wearing a mask.

But today, COVID-19 and ‘the mask’ is an important symbol of loneliness.

And more of us need to reach out to others with the tools of our survival: physical distancing,self-isolation, masks, gloves, even toilet paper.

No one ever said loneliness had to be just loneliness.

Sometimes it can be creative, curious, fun, associated with helping yourself and others by learning to ‘do no harm’.

Looking Out For Number One

It may appear a little surreal…

To do no harm, one need look no farther than them self.

It is a point of view that may be hard to read in certain circumstances.

Therefore, put yourself first, do no harm to yourself.

For example, maintain your health with the basic routine of looking after your sleep, exercise, work, nutrition, education…

In this sense, you are better able to respond when change and challenges arise in your life.

In this sense, you are doing less harm to others.

Personal Problems

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People make mistakes with their lives when they harm themselves and others.

When we decide to change and practice prevention, we may need to give up a lifestyle that contributed to our problem.

We may need to start over with less and with out as many privileges and responsibilities.

But rather than giving up and continuing to make a worse mistake, we get to live in a better way or not.

Our job is to keep changing and learning from our mistakes.

A Good Person

I just have to accept it.

I’m going to upset myself and others for the rest of my life.

All I have to do is not act on it.

‘Do no harm’ is a simple statement.

So is ‘the proper use of impressions’.

A child is born.

One who is willing and able to practice the above two statements and will live a better life.

He or she will learn to become a better person.

Most of us are fortunate to become and live better lives.

The challenge is to stick with it.

You may wish to change, but the goal is to ‘stick with it’.

How to Become the Person You Most Want to Be | Psychology Today

How to Become the Person You Most Want to Be | Psychology Today
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A complete person is someone who is able to make a practice out of life values.

To practice these values we must be willing to learn and teach others.

To practice values like simplicity, compassion and patience will give you strength, hope and experience in all your affairs.